From root canals to root chakras: Namrata Sudhindra
Which practising dentist would give up a lucrative career to enter the life-affirming realm of yoga? Namrata Sudhindra did and she wouldn’t want it any other way.
Try something new
Namrata Sudhindra studied dentistry and practised for four years. Driven only by curiosity, she decided to sign up for yoga. “At that point, it was just something new to try,” says this slender woman, who also dabbled in modelling some years ago. But into only a few sessions, Namrata dived headlong into the practice, doing even more than one session a day if she could. It was a practice that would go on to change her life.
“I had an amazing teacher and I began to realize the impact yoga was having on my life,” Namrata says. “Sure, my fitness improved, my energy levels were up, my metabolism was great and my allergies went away. But, beyond all that, it led me on an inward journey and that is when everything changed.”
Taking it off the mat
Her yoga instructor had to leave the country suddenly and by then yoga had become an integral part of her life. So Namrata pursued it with even greater intensity. She practised yoga for seven years before she decided to become a certified instructor herself. “It was a question of taking it off the mat and into another realm,” says Namrata, who invested long hours, passion and effort in studying this ancient practice. She became a part-time yoga instructor at Smriti Nandan, described as a celebratory space for learning and sharing. At first, Namrata taught part-time and then it became a full-time occupation.
Turning a passion into a pay cheque
Naturally, when a young dentist with excellent prospects decided to give it all up to enter uncharted territory some people thought her a little crazy. “I was completely committed to the idea, but there were some people who wondered about my decision. Eventually, I had to battle it out in my head,” she says. “My family was hugely supportive of my decision, especially my dad who is the dentist in the family. So, there was no looking back after that.”
She cannot imagine any other sort of life now. “Yoga helps you live with who you are,” she says with conviction. “It’s brought me to the place, the head space I am in now. It’s opened up so many wonderful avenues and opportunities,” says Namrata, who is now consulting for a start-up that focuses on wellness.
A positive impact
Through yoga, Namrata has not only seen her life altered and enhanced, she’s able to make a positive impact on so many others as well. “We live in a society where there are fixed, often impossible standards for how one must look,” she says. “Those who come to my yoga classes learn not just flexibility, but also the ability to accept that it’s okay to break away from accepted norms.” That must surely be a liberating thing for so many people.
Namrata designs regimens also for those suffering from specific injuries and so is a healer of sorts as well.
In these technology-ruled times, it’s important to de-stress the mind, she believes. Namrata has weekend sessions to help people rewind, refresh and get ready to face the week. “While I’m teaching, I’m also learning all the time, lessons for life,” Namrata says.
What’s your reason?
Namrata, for whom yoga is more even than a passion – and, indeed, it’s a way of life for her – says you must believe in yourself before you embark on the journey. “You have to know you are doing it for the right reason,” she says. For her, it’s simple: “I just LOVE what I do and I would never change that,” she says.
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